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Forum topic by jamsomito posted 11-23-2017 04:21 AM 1358 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2017 04:21 AM

I’m in the market for a new bandsaw (have none currently), with a budget of $550. I was almost set to pull the trigger on a Grizzly G0555LANV and decided to look around on Craigslist where I found this Delta 28-475X up for sale. It’s a 2HP variant and looks to be in excellent condition – owner says tires and blade guides (blocks) are still good. Can anyone speak to this saw? Which would you go with (or any others)? Thanks for the tips.

Grizzly saw: http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-Deluxe-Bandsaw-Anniversary-Edition/G0555LANV
Delta saw: https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/tls/d/delta-rockwell-bandsaw-14-wood/6391964014.html

I’m aware I can’t get new parts for the Delta any more, but I have a family member with a similar Delta saw that was willing to donate his fence so if that fits, it’s one less difference between the two. It seems the Delta might have a more rigid and larger table, bigger motor, better dust collection, and a wheel base, whereas the Grizzly has cast iron wheels, roller guides, and a manufacturer’s warranty (and I would be the first owner).

I’m not against buying used, but I’m not a mechanic with a midas touch that can turn a rust heap into a beautiful piece of precise machinery (not that this is that). I can do basic stuff. I’ve had one person suggest I replace the block guides with roller guides from Carter – would this be a worthwhile investment?


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#1 posted 11-23-2017 04:30 AM

I have a Grizzly 555. No complaints. That said, I’d go for the Delta. Twice the horsepower, mobile base, less money (don’t forget the shipping on that Grizzly), and it hardly looks like a rust heap.

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#2 posted 11-23-2017 04:35 AM

The Grizzly is an imported clone of the US made Delta. Parts are available all over the place for them, just not from Delta ( See here: Delta Parts Availabilty ). The asking price is a bit high IMO though. And forget the carter stuff… the HSS guide blocks on the Delta are all you will ever need. You may want to read this guide comparison for more info: 14-inch bandsaw guide comparison by Jim Mattson (at woodworkers gazzette). The good stuff is on page 2.

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 11-23-2017 06:45 AM

I bought a porter cable 14” bandsaw from lowes for 399.00. I use it strictly for scroll work. It has a 1.5 hp motor and I added carter guide for scrolling with an 1/8” blade. I have a Rikon 14” deluxe for resawing with a 3/4” resaw king blade. The 2 saws makes a great setup. I would go with the porter cable for a starter bandsaw. I like it as well as the grizzly 555 I have used teaching school.

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#4 posted 11-23-2017 12:46 PM

I exchanged a couple emails with the Craigslist poster about the delta saw and he backed down to $500. Would you say this is a fair price?

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#5 posted 11-23-2017 01:51 PM

Also, doing some research on this Delta, it seems around this vintage had some vibration issues that were addressed by replacing the drive belt and motor sheave. Is the latter a fairly simple process?

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#6 posted 11-23-2017 02:01 PM

I have and use the Grizzly G0555LANV… It’s okay I guess. I think it is just barely engineered and built enough to get by.

The bearings are cheap ones so get higher quality ones and replace the old one when needed.

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#7 posted 11-23-2017 02:24 PM

Found another 28-475x with some pictures for comparison. https://www.irsauctions.com/popups/printable_lot_details.asp?lot=372448&id=21536

All I can find says this saw was equipped with a 1.5HP motor. The cabinet nameplate on this other listing I just found matches that of the local Craigslist post. 12.8 Amps. This makes me think they changed out the motor for a 2HP one on the unit I was looking to buy. Maybe it was to address the vibration issues? So you think a more powerful motor is a concern?

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#8 posted 11-23-2017 06:58 PM

The 28-475 is just your standard Delta 14” wood cutting bandsaw on an enclosed sheet metal stand. The “X” (“X5” series) was a marketing promotion, where they raised the price a bit and gave them a 5 year warranty. Same machine, and the design of the machine over the years did not change much since they were introduced back in the 30’s. Later years got stuff like hinged wheel covers, more (and thinner) stamped sheet metal, and other cost cutting changes.

The one shown in the auction above has some interesting owner modifications to it – it definitely is not stock. It also has one of those magic Delta motors that are rated at 1.5hp @ 120v, and 2hp @240v. Was to satisfy the powers that be so they could get a UL rating.

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 11-23-2017 07:06 PM

What do you see that’s not stock? Seems pretty much the same as the other I found photos of, other than the motor.

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#10 posted 11-23-2017 07:30 PM

What do you see that s not stock? Seems pretty much the same as the other I found photos of, other than the motor.
- jamsomito

First thing I noticed is that the set screws for the upper guide blocks had been replaced with hex bolts. Although, some of the mods I thought were not stock apparently are (after I went and looked at the parts diagram) – like the tilt mechanism levers (instead of faucet handles), and the wheel pulley which appears to have been switched to a cast zinc material (instead of steel on previous models). I have two of those saws, but both are 1950’s models, so that was my mistake.

Cheers,
Brad

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#11 posted 11-27-2017 08:50 PM

Regarding the guides: You possibly should consider the ceramic guides that are available for your saw. They run cool and several manufacturers that install them as original equipment feel they will extend blade life by 40%. Google “ceramic band saw guide blocks.” I put them on a different saw than you’re considering and would not go back to phenolic guides or rollers. Just my opinion.

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#12 posted 11-27-2017 11:49 PM

Too much for used saw.

I have a delta 14” and a grizzly 0555lx with riser. I hate the roller bearing setup on the grizzly and will replace them with the standard hss blocks eventually. Hard to adjust properly and crap builds up on them and the blade.

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#13 posted 11-28-2017 12:04 AM

Thanks everyone. It was a hard choice but I eventually ended up going for the Grizzly g0555lanv new. It was $610 after freight and lift gate which was a bummer but it will be a great saw for me. Sounds like there are some upgrades I could consider in the future, but for now I already put in a mobile base and decent blade from highland woodworking and that was enough expense for one day! The used Delta was definitely overpriced after researching, and it was an hour and a half away, so that made my decision.

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#14 posted 11-28-2017 01:42 AM

The used Delta was definitely overpriced after researching, and it was an hour and a half away, so that made my decision.

I agree that it was overpriced, by quite a bit IMO. Had it been a reasonable price, the drive distance wouldn’t have mattered much. In fact, I recently did about the same length drive to pick up this one:

But the price was only $85 :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#15 posted 11-28-2017 01:51 AM

So can anyone tell me what I need to do with a new blade? I watched the wood whisperers videos on it and he was recommending a mineral spirits wipe down and some sort of dry lube (if I recall correctly). Is this necessary?

First time bandsaw owner and all…

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